A worshiper at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Bluffton, S.C., got us confused with Lowcountry Presbyterian Church and made their offering check payable to "Low Life Lutheran Church." We deposited it anyway.
Jon D. Heiliger
For the Saints & Bears
|"The economy is worse than we thought." |
After a sermon about various saints, our nephew, Cooper, 5, leaned over to his mom and whispered, "The Saints aren't that good. ... The Bears are really the best!" His dad is a Chicago Bears fan.
Sauk Prairie, Wis.
Last October, my daughter, Zoey Golden Neessen, then 5, made up this joke: "Because it's Halloween time, and because we're Lutherans, I think we should tell people we're 'BOOtherans.' "
Karris GoldenGrilled what?
While intern pastor at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Conyers, Ga., one of the traditions I helped start was a blessing of the animals service. The second year a picnic was added to the event, making the bulletin announcement rather disconcerting: "Blessing of the Animals! Bar-B-Q to follow."
Wendolyn E. Trozzo
|"Pastor, I'm trying to write my will, and I can't decide how much I'll give to the church. Maybe I have restless legacy syndrome."|
My son Jimmy, then 2 years old, was in the nursery (equipped with a loudspeaker from worship) at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Scotia, N.Y. When Jimmy heard the assisting minister speak, he looked at the nursery director and asked, "Pastor?" She responded, "No." He quickly replied, "God?"
I often close my eyes when listening closely to something. As a pastor, I do the same when I'm listening to the lessons or the choir. A member told me that one Sunday when the choir was singing her daughter leaned over and said, "Mommy, look, the prime minister is sleeping!" I told her I was grateful her daughter was paying such close attention and delighted with the promotion.
Kathleen M. SuggittPilate mix-ups
In preparation for an upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., my husband showed my two boys, ages 8 and 5, some historical sites they would see. When he came to a photo of the Wright Brothers' plane on display at the Smithsonian, he asked the boys if they remembered who took the first flight in 1903. My youngest, Ben, asked, "Was it Pontius Pilate?"
Colorado Springs, Colo.